Melo Trimble spent three seasons in a Maryland Terrapins uniform, and now he’s got a new one to put on.
Trimble wasn’t picked in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, but he’s been signed by the Philadelphia 76ers, Maryland announced Saturday afternoon.
Congrats to @_STAYMELO!— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) June 24, 2017
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The news was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Haynes hours after the draft.
Ever since declaring for the draft in March, Trimble has faced questions about his game, which was picked apart thoroughly as his college career progressed. While he’ll never be the most athletic player on an NBA floor, there are plenty of ways he can help a team at the highest level.
However, after being a star in college, Trimble now faces an uphill battle to even get his foot in the NBA door. He’ll have to impress the Brett Brown in the summer to secure a contract, and even then, it’s possible he starts in the NBA G-League. If that doesn’t work out, he might head overseas for a better opportunity.
This journey is far from over, but after spending three years at Maryland and three months preparing for the draft, Trimble finally knows his next stop. Now he has to make the most of the chance.